Topps Offering $50 Credit For Wander Franco Redemption Cards

Topps is currently offering a $50 credit for open Wander Franco redemption cards. Franco, who is currently on administrative leave, is accused of having an inappropriate sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl in the Dominican Republic.

The allegations against Franco first surfaced late last season and he is currently being investigated by Dominican Republic authorities. He has not played a game for the Tampa Bay Rays since Aug. 12, 2023. Franco is currently in the third year of an 11-year, $182 million contract he signed in November 2021. Since he is on administrative leave, Franco is still receiving his salary and accruing service time.

Because of the ongoing investigation and legal concerns, Topps — rightfully — decided to pause fulfillment on all Franco redemption cards. In a Facebook post on Sports Cards Nonsense, a user revealed that Topps is currently offering a $50 store credit or a $50 substitution card. The email reads:

“We are reaching out regarding the Wander Franco redemption you are currently awaiting. We have made the decision to pause fulfillment on all Wander Franco cards due to the pending investigation and ongoing legal concerns. We sincerely appreciate your patience and understanding as we’ve worked towards a resolution, and would like to offer you one of the following options instead.

  1.  A $50.00 store credit is applied directly to your account for the value of your card(s), which can be used for any product on our website.
  2. A substitution option of $50.00 current market value.”

Earlier this year, Topps was offering a substitution value or store credit two- to four-times more than what the Franco redemption was worth.

Franco has not been added to any 2024 Topps products.

CBS Sports reports Major League Baseball will investigate Franco once the one in the Dominican Republic concludes. Franco most likely faces a lengthy suspension and it’s unknown if he will ever plays in the majors again.

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